Albert F. Dwire |

Albert F. Dwire

Albert F. Dwire passed away August 17, 2005. He went peacefully in his sleep. His final years were spent in the care of the staff of “Just Like Home” in Silt. He had just turned 89.

Albert was born Aug. 13, 1916, in Tustin, Calif., to Thomas and Ivy Dwire. At the age of 6, his family returned to the New Castle area. They lived on the Dwire Mesa south of Silt, where he attended country schools through the ninth grade.

He worked in the Marble mine in the 1930s and took pride in the fact that he became a sawyer. Albert said that the best years of his life were in Marble. The friends that he made during those years he kept a lifetime. Albert enjoyed breaking horses in his younger years and was told by many that he was “the best.”

Albert married Bonnie Loptin in 1946. They had five children. He moved many places just to make a living, but finally settled in Silt in 1957. He worked as a rancher for years. He worked for the Town of Silt for a few years. Then he went to work for the Re-2 school district for 13 years as a custodian for the Silt school. He also drove the school bus for eight years. Even after retiring in his 60s, he never quit working. Irrigation and raising steers kept him busy into his 80s.

He is survived by sons Alan, of Rifle, Michael, of Silt, Richard, of Cashmere, Wash., and Douglas, of Yampa; daughters, Cheryl Unruh, of Deerfield, Kan., and Betty Thunder, of Silt; 19 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Florence Stanley and Lydia Gipson; and one brother, Elton Dwire.

He was preceded in death by his wife; brothers Walt and Johnny Dwire; and sisters Helen Bledsoe and Emmabell Edmunds.

There will be a luncheon in memory of Albert at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at the Mill Site Park in Marble. All are welcome. What better place than Marble to say a final good bye to Albert.

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